During Career and Technical Education Month in February, the New Jersey Council on County Vocational Technical Schools is highlighting successful graduates of the county’s 21 vocational technical schools.
Maxim Lobovsky graduated from Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics and Technology’s engineering program in 2005. He went on to Cornell University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in applied engineering and physics. He earned a master’s degree in media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lobovsky is co-founder and CEO of Formlabs, a 3D printing technology developer and manufacturer. The company, based in Somerville, Mass., has been manufacturing nasal testing swabs, PPE, and medical equipment in response to the medical needs of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lobovsky said attending Union County Magnet prepared him to succeed in college and in life. He said being around mostly smart, hard working students taught him what good looked like and to always seek out an environment with other excellent people.
“At the same time, as a diverse public school, I got to meet students from all walks of life and helped me be more aware of all of the different people and backgrounds around me,” he said.
Lobovksy said being on the FIRST robotics team was an incredible, self-directed learning experience.
“I learned more useful engineering skills in several months on the robotics team than I learned in years of classes in high school and undergrad,” he said. “It definitely follows the MIT motto of mens et manus = mind and hand.”
During his time at Cornell, Lobovsky said he worked on an early open-source desktop 3D printer project called the Fab@Home.
“This helped me envision the impact the technology could have if it was much more widely available,” he said.
Lobovsky said he had considered continuing in graduate school to earn a doctorate or getting an engineering job at a large corporation, but decided to strike out on his own instead.
“I decided that making my own job might be the most rewarding,” he said.